Demon Slayer Season 2 Episode 4 Review: Alone At Night When I Destroy You

Demon Slayer Season 2 Episode 4 sees our group of adventurers getting discovered by one of the most powerful demons ever to exist. What’s next for our trio of boys masquerading as girls? Let’s find out in this review!

Demon Slayer Season 2 Episode 4 Overview

Demon Slayer Season 2 Episode 4 Title

One of the most popular anime of our time, Demon Slayer, is back on our screens with the Entertainment District Arc. The newest series follows the 7 episode retelling of the Mugen Train Movie, which you can read all about here. The arc follows Tanjirou, Zenitsu, and Inosuke, aided by the Sound Hashira Tengen Uzui. They travel to Yoshiwara red-light district to hunt down a demon terrorizing the town.

Ufotable is the studio behind Demon Slayer’s anime adaptation, and Haruo Sotozaki will direct the series. It is to be noted that only the first episode was a double-length episode, followed by standard episodes in the future. You can read our review of the Mugen Train movie while you’re at it or our review of the third episode of this arc if you’d like. The episode is also known as Kimetsu no Yaiba Yuukaku-hen Episode 4 in original Japanese.

– Demon Slayer Entertainment District Arc Episode 4 Review does not contain spoilers –

Demon Slayer Kimetsu No Yaiba Season 2 Episode 4 Review- Plot and Characters

Uzui Tanjiro Zenitsu

Demon Slayer has never been the most thematically and narrative-wise consistent show. There have always been several high and low points in the plot as the characters undergo several developments and life-changing encounters. It would be harsh to expect a show of such magnitude always to nail every aspect of an anime. However, if we accept this as part and parcel of the show’s existence, we will also have to accept that the current times are serious low points for the series. Not the lowest it has ever been, but quite close.

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I don’t think that following up the supremely emotional and heavy Mugen Train Arc with the Entertainment District Arc was the best of ideas. For once, there was a narrative cohesion from the Hashira Introduction Arc to the Mugen Train Arc, as they both seemed like parts of a whole narrative. Entertainment District, however, is a totally separate beast that doesn’t feel like it fits the show’s tone, nor does it befit the show to follow up a story like Mugen Train with one that sees the characters head into literal whorehouses, as prostitutes no less.

Oiran Demon Slayer Season 2 Episode 4

Everything seems like a step down for the series. The motivations aren’t strong enough, the villain isn’t interesting enough, and the plot doesn’t make enough sense. I can’t even make heads or tales of the plot point that Tanjiro, Zenitsu, and Inosuke were somehow necessary to this operation because as of this Demon Slayer Season 2 Episode 4 Review, they have been anything but. Their presence seems unwanted and unnecessary to the series right now, which is a huge indictment of its writing.

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Demon Slayer Red Light District Arc Episode 4 was just another chapter where nothing happened much except Inosuke informing Tanjiro about the Demon he sensed and everyone wondering what Zenitsu is up to. Oh, and there’s the small matter of Tanjiro confronting the newest threat, which happens as abruptly as anything has ever been in the show. The show needs to start making some sense soon.

Tanjiro Demon Slayer Season 2 Episode 4

Inosuke has come into his own as a more level-headed and emotionally mature character in the show, which comes as a much needed and appreciated development on the show’s part. Uzui remains as mysterious as ever, and Tanjiro is just Tanjiro. It was nice seeing Nezuko for the first time since the first episode, and how the show explained the ranking system was awkward and goofy. That does it in for the content section of this review.

Demon Slayer Season 2 Episode 4 Review- Art and Music

However many issues the show has with its writing and characters, it will always remain watchable based on just the animation and music that each episode features. Each notable character is well designed and expressive, leading to some fantastic animation sequences whenever they are on screen. The music is also phenomenal, although a new theme can’t come soon enough for one of the villains or even the heroes. More Demon Slayer music is always welcome.

Verdict

Demon Slayer Season 2 Episode 4 made very little sense narratively and wasn’t a notable outing for the series, even though the animation and music continue to remain tremendous.

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REVIEW OVERVIEW

Overall

SUMMARY

Demon Slayer Season 2 Episode 4 made very little sense narratively and wasn't a notable outing for the series, even though the animation and music continue to remain tremendous.

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